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Make it your ‘happy place’

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Here’s a link to the May edition of Hardie Park’s Newsletter

Enjoy the read!

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Bounce Days with Little Legs

Our ever popular Summer Bounce Days will be taking place over the six weeks holidays. They are run by local company Little Legs Buses and include use of the bouncy castles and the double decker between 12pm to 4pm. Local stallholders also attend and the cafe is open from 9am to 4pm to provide food, refreshments and toilet facilities for our visitors.

£5 wristband for unlimited bounce on the day. Dates: 6th / 13th and 20th August from 12pm to 4pm

. Bounce Days

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Dogtopia Show raises £770 for the park

The Dogtopia Show held recently was an outstanding success. Three charities received donations from the proceeds of the show. Help Bec Beat Brain Cancer, The Essex Retired Police Dogs and ourselves at Hardie Park. It was a pleasure to host and the feedback has been amazing.

Thank you to Dogtopia Pet Services and Alicias Obedience Dog Training for delivering the doggie entertainment. The kind donation of £770 is much appreciated. It was a fabulous day with visitors coming from far and wide.

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Getting NEETS back on track

Jeanette from Forest School for All received a grant in January of this year from UnLtd, (The Millenium Trust)  to deliver a support programme for NEETS age 16-25 years. ‘NEETS’ stands for ‘not in education, employment or training’. If you know someone who may need support to get back on track, needs some one to one time to find out what might be the next step in order to re-engage with work or education please contact Jeanette. It could be that you have found work but are struggling to stay employed. If so, get in touch.

There’s a drop in workshop 10am on Thursdays at the park and it’s a FREE service!

It may be that as a parent you would like to pop in for a chat to get the ball rolling and find out what support might be available.

One of Jeanette’s teens is currently creating art and craft pieces to sell at the forthcoming Artisan Market at the park. From the simple task of finding something that is engaging, Jeanette can work with young people to extend that idea and motivate them to expand their horizons. The grant received from UnLtd allows Jeanette to support clients in whatever way they might need to achieve their goals. Whether that be equipment, training, transport, uniform, exam costs the funds are in place to meet their needs.

It’s a local, personal service that is there to re-engage our young people. Sometimes we need a break to look at things differently or access some help and advice with an alternative approach.  Make the call to Jeanette or pop in to the cafe for a coffee and a casual chat. Call 07788 529505 or email jeanette@forestschoolforall.co.uk

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Dementia Friendly Cafe

Out in the community we can all help in a small way to support those suffering with dementia. One easy step is to register with Dementia Friends online, watch their informative video and receive a badge to raise awareness. Register > here  The more of us promoting awareness locally can only be a good thing!

At Hardie we realise that our general understanding and patience could make a customer or visitor feel more comfortable dealing with tasks on a day to day basis. We have already been told by our regulars that our cafe is their ‘Happy Place’. It is a great place to sit, chat and have company if you are feeling isolated at home caring for a loved one or suffering with the condition yourself. Come down for a coffee or tell a friend or neighbour that may be isolated to pop in. It can be your/their happy place too!

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Save the date: Autumn / Winter Events Preview

Full detail to be added. Watch this space!

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Shortlisted for Locality Award

We are delighted to announce that Friends of Hardie Park has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2019 Locality Awards in the Save our Spaces Award category. We have been shortlisted in the category that celebrates an organisation who saved a publicly owned space for the benefit of the community.

We are really excited that the park has once again been recognised on a national scale for it’s work in the community. Here’s a link to the Locality website which explains the bigger picture and the ideas behind the initiative.

Award Categories

About Locality – The power of community

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

SS17 Community Festival

So the 20th Stanford Music Festival is on Saturday 6th, here’s a taste of what’s on offer during the afternoon on Sunday the 7th at Hardie Park!

A full line-up of great entertainment on the stage!

Lots of local businesses supporting the event: Crystal Tranquillity : Edees Beads & Bows – Moosh MUA- Facepainter – Usborne Books- GOSH Teddy – Babies in Waiting-  Dragon Lady Designs – Dolly Sue’s – Tumble Tots Grays – Darcey’s Butterflies – Doggy B Good- TieDye Monkey – Mead Rocks-  Air Cadets – Avon

  • A variety of food stalls catering for all tastes
  • Little Legs Buses and Bounce will be attending for the children.
  • FREE parking at Hassenbrook Academy field, access via Manor Road SS17 0NY

See you there!

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Community Sports Day

Wow, we had such a great turn-out on Sunday 23rd June both from sporting providers delivering have-a-go activities and local families coming along to the park to enjoy a day of outdoor fun. Some families brought a picnic acknowledging Eden Project’s Big Lunch others used the cafe for refreshments.

Thanks to ETUFC Youth, Stanford Rugby, Club, Stanford le hope Cricket, Fusion Netball, Caroline Williams/I’m an Insaniac, Yoga with Jane, SS17 Walkers, Combat Academy for Sports, Dan Butler on his BMX / the HP scooter crew on the skatepark, Health checks from Thurrock Council and Rob Groves for a fun hour of old fashioned games in the park.

The tug-o-war was enjoyed by adults and kids alike, egg and spoon race, running race and bean bag throwing competitions kept everyone in good spirits.

THANK YOU to all who attended. THANK YOU to all who supported. IT WAS AMAZING!

(Credit: Jacques Feeney ETUFC Photographer) – Thanks to Hassenbrook Academy for free use of their car park and field.

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Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

A hive of activity on your doorstep

Your local park’s news can be delivered direct to your inbox. Sign up to receive our news via the pop up on our homepage or on the sign up blue button on our facebook home page.

Here’s a link to the May edition of Hardie Park’s Newsletter

Topics include:

  • Friends of Thurrock Parks
  • Events programme hotting up!
  • Fancy a walk? Join the SS17 Walkers
  • Gain experience for your CV
  • Super slide progress with community support
  • Loyalty pays
  • Thanks to those who attended our EGM
  • Food surplus distribution
  • We’re a dog friendly cafe

Enjoy the read!

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark